The CFS Process

Welcome to the Continuing Faculty Status (CFS) program at BYU-Idaho.  New faculty members embark on a three-year process of training and development that will set the stage for career-long opportunities of growth and enrichment. At the successful conclusion of this process faculty will be given “Continuing Faculty Status” as it is outlined in the Faculty Guide.

The purpose of the CFS process is to orient and acclimatize new faculty at BYU-Idaho – to give them access to rich resources during the early years of their career here and to establish a pattern of ongoing development as progressive teachers and mentors.

For a more detailed explanation of the CFS Process, download The Introduction.

The CFS Committee

The committee is comprised of the CFS candidate, the department chair, a mentor from within the department chosen by the department chair and two other observing faculty members from within the college chosen by the department chair in consultation with the dean. At least one of the two observing faculty members ought to come from the candidate’s department.

Effectively organized and functioning teaching teams are a natural place for observations and sharing, discussion of teaching data and collaborative development. Where possible, the roles of mentor and committee members may be performed by members of a new faculty member’s teaching team.  Because a new faculty member may not be on the same teaching team through the entire CFS process, we recommend the following committee organization. (Download Recommendations)

Roles and Responsibilities

As an organized CFS Committee, each member has a specfic role with responsibilities. Those responsibilities are performed throughout the semester and each year during the entire CFS process. Some of those reponsibilities include interviewing, counseling, observing and auditing. The following items outline the duties and responsibilities in a timely manner.

Observation and Feedback

A substantial part of pre-CFS development involves candidates being observed and observing other faculty members.

The expectation is that the candidate be observed in one class, at least once each semester by each member of the committee. The candidates should sit in on and observe at least one class of each committee member.Each new faculty member should also have a Students Consult on Teaching (SCOT) visit in at least one class each semester.

The candidate should provide the observing faculty member with a written request to visit the candidate’s classroom along with some specific items that the candidate hopes to improve upon (see observation form).  The observing faculty member provides the observational data to the candidate and discusses it with them.

Copies of the feedback forms from committee members should be kept in the portfolio and used as reference for candidate-mentor meetings and as part of the data that candidates use as they build their professional development plans. These forms can be downloaded from the CFS Forms listed above.

PLEASE NOTE: During the semester in which the new faculty member participates in the Progressing Teacher Course,  the course has observation experiences built into the curriculum.  These observations will take the place of the regular committee observations. Deans, Chairs and Mentors should still conduct their observations as they normally do. The candidate does not need to observe their committee members or be observed by their committee members.